Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee has a world renowned reputation for high-class teaching and research. Our one-year Art and Design General Foundation course helps students to develop their skills and prepare for entry into one of our specialist courses:
- Animation BDes (Hons)
- Art & Philosophy BA (Hons)
- Fine Art BA (Hons)
- Graphic Design BDes (Hons)
- Illustration BDes (Hons)
- Jewellery and Metal Design BDes (Hons)
- Textile Design BDes (Hons)
Digital Interaction Design BSc (Hons), Interior & Environmental Design BDes (Hons) and Product Design BSc (Hons) are four-year degree courses with their own Year 1 separate to the Art & Design General Foundation course.
The Art & Design General Foundation course will give you a broad experience and awareness of a range of disciplines. It will also improve your skill level. This will help you to decide on your choice of Honours degree specialism for the following three years. You will submit a portfolio of work after completing the one year course. We will assess this for progression onto the specialism of your choice.
Our students come from a range of countries, age groups and backgrounds. We welcome intelligent, creative, motivated people who are interested in moving into an art and design vocation.
Art & Design General Foundation
The University of Dundee is the only university in Scotland to offer an Art & Design General Foundation entry course to nurture and develop your artistic skills.
The studio culture encourages sharing of ideas and understanding. It nurtures a supportive work and social environment. You will spend the majority of your time on studio based activities, learning fundamental practical and critical skills. This will create transition between work that you have carried out at school or on a previous course and potential future study in a specialist art and design subject.
The focus of the Art & Design General Foundation course is the development of your ability, skill and critical faculties. This process includes consideration of creativity, aesthetics, visual awareness, and analytical and critical thinking. We cultivate knowledge and a sense and understanding of the history, theory and practice of art and design. This will enable you to understand how art and design practice has developed. It will also allow you understand how it is positioned within today’s society, culture and creative economy. This process will enable you to place yourself, your work and aspirations in context.
At the end of the course you will be able to:
- use an array of artistic techniques
- identify which discipline you want to pursue
- understand the historical trends and turning points in art and design
Introduction to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design's General Foundation course at the University of Dundee.
Learn more about Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
For further examples of student work, staff profiles, and news visit the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design website.
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
All applicants must submit a comprehensive portfolio of Art & Design work. See Portfolio Guidance for further information.
If you do not have a portfolio, you will need to do a portfolio preparation course, HNC, HND or Foundation qualification to be considered.
Applicants from outwith the UK should submit their portfolio work on a disc, preferably as a (reasonable quality) small file, in JPEG format (see Portfolio Guidance Notes, as above).
To ensure that all applicants are given the maximum amount of time to develop and prepare their portfolio, we will invite you to submit your portfolio at or around the time of the Easter Holidays. We will require you to make your portfolio available for at least two clear weeks in order to enable the Selectors to invest an appropriate amount of time in reviewing the range of work you have submitted.
|Courses starting 2018 and 2019|
|Qualification||Level 1 Entry||Advanced Entry to Level 2|
|SQA Higher/Advanced Higher||BBCC (minimum) - BBBB (typical) at Higher including art and design or a related subject and an appropriate literate subject||Direct entry to Level 2 is to one of the art and design specialisms. Please refer to the relevant specialism webpage for entry requirements.|
|GCE A-Level||CCC (minimum) - BCC (typical) at A-Level including art and design or a related subject and an appropriate literate subject||Direct entry to Level 2 is to one of the art and design specialisms. Please refer to the relevant specialism webpage for entry requirements.|
|BTEC||A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DMM||Direct entry to Level 2 is to one of the art and design specialisms. Please refer to the relevant specialism webpage for entry requirements.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma||30 points at Higher Level including art and design or a related subject and an appropriate literate subject.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
|Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)||H3H3H3H3 at Higher Level including art and design or a related subject and an appropriate literate subject|
|SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)||A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit|
|Scottish Baccalaureate||Pass with CC at Advanced Higher|
|Advanced Diploma||Grade C with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at BC|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at BC|
|European Baccalaureate||70% overall with 7 in an Art & Design subject and 7 in a literate subject|
|Notes||All applicants must also submit a comprehensive portfolio of art/design/creative work and may be invited to attend a portfolio submission event. In some cases an interview may also be required. All qualifications should include a relevant art & design subject & a literate subject, and will be considered on an individual basis.|
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
A purpose-built studio environment
You will be tutored by highly motivated, research-active staff and will be based in a purpose-built studio environment within Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design which is fully accessible and integrated within the city campus of the University of Dundee. You will benefit from a challenging and coherent programme of instruction, guidance and exploration, providing you with a positive sense of direction towards a future in art and design.
How you will be taught
The majority of the teaching and learning on the General Foundation course takes the form of studio practice, which includes:
- informal lectures
- individual and group tutoring
Staff members have a friendly approach and welcome requests for help and advice.
How you will be assessed
You will be assessed through the studio course work including supporting work such as digital outputs, blogs, reflective journals and also through demonstrating your understanding of contextual studies. There is continuous formative feedback through the studio tutorials and at the end of each module. A formal assessment occurs at the end of semester 1 and again at the end of semester 2.
What you will study
The core values and philosophical ethos of the course are encapsulated in the teaching of both the fundamental elements of art and design practice, namely drawing skills (including life drawing), making and digital imaging as well as generic skills (writing, research methodologies etc.) to support you in whatever career path you decide to take in the future.
These core values will enrich and expand your personal visual language and contribute in a diagnostic context towards helping you make an informed choice of specialist study. Having enjoyed the enriching experience of working within a vibrant community of emerging artists and designers in the General Foundation, progression to Level 2 – the specialist courses – requires demonstration of appropriate knowledge and skill and the potential to successfully pursue independent study.
- Fundamental creative skills (drawing, painting, making, demonstrations)
- Technical skills (practical workshops and digital imaging)
- Key generic skills (analytical and critical skills, research skills, confidence and motivation, presentation and communication skills)
- Contextual studies introducing historical and contemporary debates and practice
- Foundation skills in the various art and design specialisms
- Elective choice (including philosophy)
- An optional cultural study visit (major Scottish cities and London) enhances the learning experience
This Art & Design General Foundation will encourage experimentation, allowing you to take risks in trying new things. It also aims to cultivate your understanding of the range of art and design disciplines that you may progress to in the future and the associated career opportunities.
The Art & Design General Foundation course will prepare for your chosen specialist subject. Graduates from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design have gone on to have successful careers in the following fields (to name just a few!)
Scottish sculptor and installation artist, David Mach talks about the Art & Design General Foundation course
- artists (exhibiting and making work nationally and internationally)
- web design
- game design
- visual effects
- packaging design
- television & motion graphics
- textile design
- art therapy
- museum and gallery curation
- interaction design
- account management
- film direction
- film editing
- gallery management
- interior/architectural design
- tv & film set design
- jewellery manufacturers and designers
- consumer electronics
- medical products
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
Fees for students starting 2018-19
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2018-19|
|Scottish and EU students||£1,820 per year of study|
|Rest of UK students||£9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£16,450 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.|
Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.
Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.
Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.
Application/Portfolio Consideration Process
The Selection Team comprises academic staff representation across all art & design subjects within DJCAD.
Portfolios (digital and original) are viewed/assessed in the following applicant categories: Schools, FE Colleges, Individual Applicants. This ensures portfolios are considered fairly and in relevant context. Portfolios will be viewed and ‘graded’ by members of the Selection Team, decisions being made on this basis.
We have more information on your portfolio in our How To Apply section.
If you require further information on any aspect of the application consideration process or the undergraduate programme in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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